Conservative Women Triumph in Primary Races

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WASHINGTON -- Tuesday's primaries brought more victories for the Tea Party and conservatives - and many of those winners were women.

The winners made it clear that they plan to bring change to Washington.

Nevada gave the nation the ultimate showdown with favored Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle facing off against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

"This campaign is about taking back America," GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle said. "This campaign is about 'tax and spend, let's make a deal, Washington D.C. corruption' that has taken a claim on our senior senator, Harry Reid."

Tea Party partisans put more than $500,000 into Angle's campaign.

For more on the role women are playing in these elections, click play for comments from Sabrina Schaeffer of the Independent Women's Forum, following David Brody's Report.

CBN News Political Analyst John Waage also gave his insight on Tuesday's primary results. Click here for his comments.

Women CEOs Rule in California

In California, two powerful businesswomen who used to head up major technology companies won the major races.

Political newcomer gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman - formerly CEO of the Internet auction website eBay - saw her win as part of the anti-incumbent, anti-establishment, anti-liberal mood of the country.

"Career politicians in Sacramento and Washington be warned," Whitman said. "Because you now face your worst nightmare."

And former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina -- the chosen candidate of Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin and endorsed by pro-life groups -- won the right to challenge the ultra-liberal Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

"The people of California have had enough," Fiorina declared. "In fact, I think they can hear you all the way to Washington D.C."

An Unexpected Victory

A surprise of the evening was that Arkansas Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln survived a stiff challenge from the left.

Her victory could be seen as a rebuke to left-leaning Big Labor, which put big bucks behind her opponent, Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. Lincoln successfully portrayed those big labor unions as more of the enemy than a Beltway incumbent like herself.

The South Carolina GOP primary to pick Nikki Haley, a candidate for governor, delivered another conservative victory.

Haley, another favorite of Palin, survived nasty competition - including charges she'd had two affairs in recent years - to win the most votes, although she still faces a scheduled runoff.

"We said no to a lot of things," Haley said. "We said we're not going to have an arrogant, unaccountable government."

Overall, Tuesday was a big night for favorites of Tea Party types and conservatives. Liberals, establishment types and most incumbents can take little comfort as they prepare to face angry voters in November who seem to be in a real mood for major change.

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